Trump said TikTok may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party [File: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg]
Donald Trump, the president of the United States, has issued an executive order banning any transactions with the Chinese owners of the apps TikTok and WeChat, starting in 45 days.
The orders on Thursday came as the Trump administration said it was stepping up efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps from US digital networks and called the Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat "significant threats".
The TikTok app, owned by ByteDance, may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, and the US "must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security," Trump said in one order.
In the other, Trump said WeChat, owned by Tencent, "automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information."
The order would effectively ban WeChat in the US in 45 days by barring "to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or ..